I’m a hiker. A full-blown vista and fresh air fanatic. It’s become such a large part of me, and I treasure my moments on the trial. One reason in particular is the uninterrupted and unbridled time I have to think. Me… thinking about things… big shocker, lol 😉 No, I truly need this time to reflect on situations and keep myself in check. It’s easy to run from things or avoid my fears when I have ten different forms of distraction in front of me at all times. I need this time with Him. It is in those woods that I enjoy His peaceful beauty in all its many forms.
I love hiking best when I can share that time with friends, and I am learning to love it when I am all alone. A product of the reality of my life these days and a work in progress, for sure. No, in all honesty, this time alone on the trail is so good for me. It’s time devoted to contemplation and prayer. In a group, one-on-one, or all by my lonesome… I love losing myself in those forests. But, oh, how sweet that time is to me when I can spend it alone with Him!
I write today because (it being New Years Eve and all) I was thinking about new year’s resolutions on my hike to Raven Rocks. Should I make one this year? More than one? Do I ever actually keep them? How can I make one that is relevant and beneficial and attainable in my life? It seems to be such a perfect time to make such a statement for change of character… cut back on the unhealthy habits and beef up on my virtues. Sitting at the top of Raven Rocks, I prayed. I prayed that He would continue His mighty works in my heart, mind, and life in the coming year. Somewhat silly to me, because I know that He will do this naturally. But that’s just one thing that I love about Him. He loves me and wishes to strengthen me… He wishes to draw me closer to Himself to present me Christ-like and glorifying for His namesake. How could you not love a God who loves you like that? I also prayed a prayer of strength for myself and others. More specifically, I prayed that I would become His obedient daughter in the daunting (yet exciting!) year ahead of me. I will meet so many people and build (or break) numerous relationships in the chaotic months ahead. I will be forming the basis of my professional career and relational life. nbd. It’s my prayer that I will continually season my words and actions with salt. It’s my prayer that I will glorify His name by relying on Him in my weaknesses and struggles – knowing and believing that He ordained them and uses each for growth and glory. It’s my prayer that I will humble myself before Him as I ought and sincerely love His Word. Not just love it, but believe it… believe Truth over my fears and earthly knowledge. I thought of Psalm 27:8 while sitting on that rock face and praying. It is my wholehearted vow to honor that Psalm in 2012. I’m ready, God… let’s rock and roll 🙂
Words of encouragement that might help you to make new year’s resolutions that might actually stick: (FYI: There are many quotes from Helen Keller because I love her perspective on life and I thought each fit well here.)
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa
“Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises, being assured that they will gain strength by exercise…and that exercise will make them habitual.” Thomas Jefferson
“He sends a cross, but He also sends the strength to bear it.” Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow.” Helen Keller
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” Helen Keller
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller